Elk Grove Smile Center

How to Care for Your Teeth after a Whitening Treatment

March 10, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Vishal Advani
Teeth Whitening | Elk Grove Smile Center

Congratulations! You've decided to upgrade your smile with teeth whitening in Elk Grove Village!

You've made a great choice to invest in your smile, and you may be surprised what a huge impact teeth whitening can make on your appearance. Now that you're all set to whiten, you'll want to know how to take care of your dazzling smile once your whitening is complete.

Here are some tips on how to take care of your teeth after whitening:

Avoid Certain Foods and Beverages

Foods and drinks that are high in acid content can break down your enamel and cause your teeth to discolor. Limiting your consumption of these items, or even brushing shortly after, can help reduce the discoloration to your teeth. Some foods and beverages to be aware of are:

  • Coffee, tea, dark cola, and red wine
  • Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
  • Tomatoes and marinara sauce
  • Curries
  • Soy sauce

Using a straw when you drink certain beverages can be helpful in protecting your teeth, as well as rinsing with water after.

Lifestyle Changes

There are certain lifestyle choices such as smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco that can greatly affect the health of your mouth and the color of your teeth. Tobacco use not only increases your risk of developing oral cancer, it also leaves a yellow-brownish tinge to your teeth that is hard to remove with daily brushing.

Choosing to quit tobacco use is a benefit to your overall health as well as your oral health, and Dr. Advani and his team can help support you when you're ready to choose to quit.

Regular Dental Visits with Your Elk Grove Village Dentist

Believe it or not, your routine cleaning appointments can help to keep your teeth whiter! Our hygienist will remove excess plaque buildup and can sometimes help with discoloration and stains. Your home care routine of brushing at least twice per day can also help keep discoloration at bay.

Our goal at Elk Grove Smile Center is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime, and we're committed to helping you protect your investment in teeth whitening. Call us today to schedule your next appointment!